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Product review: L’oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner

Diwali is bad news for anyone who has greasy hair like mine. Even on regular days, I struggle with my oily hair and even oilier scalp. On principle, I have to wash my hair every alternate day, failing which locks of my hair start sticking to each other and forming oily clumps.

When I first saw the ad for the product, I was curious but I wasn’t sure if I needed buy a new shampoo since I was more than satisfied with my Organix B5 shampoo[1] and eucalyptus conditioner[2]. I had vowed to stick to the brand come what may. However…the attractive sea blue bottle and its promises of a 72-hour oil protection made me buy a tiny bottle to just try it out.

Worst case scenario, it could possibly end up as a foot shampoo if I didn’t like it. The packaging The packaging is not a big departure from Loreal’s usual style, but the colour theme is really soothing to the eyes.

The bottle is a light sea blue with a transparent, light-blue flip top cap. The ingredients Shampoo: Aqua / Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Carbomer, Geraniol, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum / Fragrance, F.I.L.

C179833/1 Conditioner: Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Isopropyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, BHT, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycerin, Parfum/ Fragrance, F.I.L. C180281/1

As you can see, no parabens. That was enough to convince me! The price

It is moderately priced at 175 ml for 185 rupees. The 250 ml conditioner is priced at Rs 256. The review

The shampoo addresses a common problem that most girls with oily scalps encounter — an oily scalp and dry, broom-like hair. It’s a cruel joke! Coming back to the product, it comes enriched with clay (no idea which clay) that claims to wash off excess oil from the scalp and the roots, eliminating impurities and pollution particles and (most importantly) moisturise the hair shafts.

The moment I started lathering the shampoo on my hair, I was convinced that it is truly something spectacular. The shampoo forms a rich lather, coating the hair shaft in a thick creamy froth. It helps you detangle your hair in a jiffy.

In fact, it does a better job than most detangling creams. Most importantly, it leaves your hair feeling clean without leaving behind that annoying rough, squeaky feeling. The condition is dense and thick, not one of those lotion-like consistencies.

So when you apply it to your hair, the cream stays in place and it’s easy to wash off. Both have a mild fruity mango-like fragrance with a tingling minty undertone. It renders an icy-cool feeling to your scalp.

As for the claim, the shampoo didn’t lie. Three days later, my hair still feels great. Earlier, my hair would beg for a wash at the end of the second day.

Verdict: So I am sold and absolutely in love with this shampoo! I’d recommend it to the whole world.

I was insanely happy with my OGX brand.

But given the price difference, I think Extraordinary Clay is more suited to my budget as well as my hair!

Extraordinary indeed!

Published: October 23, 2017 6:10 pm

References

  1. ^ Organix B5 shampoo (www.thehealthsite.com)
  2. ^ eucalyptus conditioner (www.thehealthsite.com)

Coco Digital Embroidered Flower Pattern Black Cloth Folding Hand Fan – Red – Reviews

A-szcxtop &Trade Company Services to Customer Qualified Products with Reasonable Price. And We Pioneer the Best Design to Satisfy Customer’s Lifestyle Fashion. Welcome to Our Store and Get What You Want !

Note: – Light shooting and different displays may cause the color of the item in the picture a little different from the real thing. – The measurement allowed error is +/- 1-3 cm.

Specifications: Product Name : Folding Fan Material : Plastic, Nylon, Sequin Craft: Embroidery Closed Size (approx.) : 23 x 3.5 x 2cm/ 9.1″ x 1.4″ x 0.8″ (L*W*T) Opened Width : 43cm/ 17″ Main Color : Black, Red

Package included: 1 x Folding Fan

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  • Craft: Embroidery; Material : Plastic+ Nylon+ Sequin
  • This Folding Fan is constructed with plastic ribs and nylon cloth, lightweight for convenient carrying in your handbag.
  • Fashion and beautiful design with the embroidered sequin flower detailing and scalloped rim.
  • Nice gift for girls or lady use in the summer day or as a dancing hand fan.
  • Fashion and beautiful design with the embroidered sequin flower detailings and scalloped rim.

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5 Minutes With: Minna Parikka

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Interviews

Remember my very recent Introducing post1 about the amazing Minna Parikka? Few things excite me more than learning of a brand or designer whose creations I literally NEED in my life/wardrobe so much it almost pains me. Add into the mix an inspiring entrepreneurial back story and a, for want of a less cheesy phrase, sky s the limit potential trajectory and you ve got me forcing my eyes open in an NY hotel room so I can write this interview

LPA: At the age of 15 you, in your own words, fell down the rabbit hole and embarked on your career in shoe design. I know that I definitely had a lightbulb moment when I decided that I loved fashion above all else and wanted a career in the industry. Did you have a similar experience in that respect?

MP: Yes you totally get me. I was in a very tender age when I had just discovered high heels and had started to get the high heel high from buying shoes. It was like a lightning had struck me when I realized that somebody can think about shoes all day long as their profession.

LPA: You moved to London at 19 to pursue your dream of being a shoe designer then spent the next 6 years honing your skills both there and in Milan and Barcelona. How do you feel the different experiences you had in those cities influenced your work, aesthetic and understanding of the fashion industry?

MP: I actually moved to Leicester out of all the places to study Footwear Design in DeMontfort University. I had just moved out of my parents place to study abroad so I felt London was too hectic for a small city girl. After my studies I moved to London. UK definitely has had the biggest effect on me besides Asia where I spent 6 months out of last year. The bold use of color and playful detail combined with current trends is something that UK designers are best at. As a fashion lover most of my favorite brands are from London like Tim Ryan, Mary Katranzou, Stella McCartney and Roksanda.

LPA: Why did you choose to return to your native Helsinki to launch Minna Parikka rather than remaining in a fashion capital like London or Milan?

MP: I thought I would never move back to Helsinki since it is not known for it s fashion. That is why it is a great place to have your own brand. We do not have a heritage that restrains me as a designer. I can decide for myself what Finnish shoe design looks like. I love traveling and getting inspiration from all over the world. I travel at least twice a month to massive cities so it is always nice to come back home to the quaint Helsinki where all work and you can go to wonder in the forest or have a sauna and a dip in the frozen sea.

LPA: One of the many things I love so, so much about your work is its unashamed playfulness and the fact that you have stayed true to that distinctive aesthetic, aside from the obvious fact that particular aesthetic just so happens to be my absolute dream. From what I can gather, your own style seems to be very much echoed in your brand. Put simply, it seems like you would wear any of your designs and love doing so. Is this something that s central to your work?

As a designer, creating pieces to be worn by a wide range of women all over the world, how does your personal taste influence the product you put out and do you ever feel that you have to alter or tone down elements of that to cater to or avoid deterring consumers?

MP: The reason why I started my brand was to fulfill all my shoe fantasies. The product comes directly from my personality, my visual taste and my sense of humor. For me it is important to follow the time and current style but to filter them through my own way of seeing and thinking. I do not want to create product that is for everybody. My designs are there to create feelings.

LPA: You launched Minna Parikka in 2012, the year that instagram launched an just as social media began to really explode. How have you used social media to build your brand and reach consumers? Do you feel that platforms such as instagram have played a role in your success?

MP; Actually I started my brand already in 2005 and the first collection was out AW 2006. At that time there was only Facebook and Myspace. Things have moved forward like crazy and I do feel that Instagram has played a huge role in the brand building.

It s great to create spontaneous campaigns and lively photo stream with a product that is so playful. The fast pace of communicating to the people around the world suits us since we are stocked in 25 countries worldwide and our webshop caters to the global market. Our products are so fun and instantly recognizable that people love to share their own pictures of them on social media. Fore instance, ever since the launch of our baby shoes we ve seen so many adorable snaps of mommy and baby wearing matching pairs including Coco Rocha and Eva Chen with their little ones. Too cute!

LPA: Besides, or rather alongside social media, celebrity association has also played a huge role in building Minna Parikka as a now increasingly global brand. However, I ve always got the impression that these are very genuine relationships which is really refreshing to see. Do you think that the likes of Cara Delevingne and Taylor swift wearing your pieces has a direct impact on sales as well as building brand awareness? Is there anyone you d particularly love to see in Minna Parikka but haven t yet?

MP; I am so touched by the great celeb and blogger following we have received in the past year. Thanks to our celeb fans the Bunny Sneaks have really become an IT-item that have hopped to the shelves of premium retailers like Selfridges, Harrods, Liberties, Harvey Nichols and Avenue32.com.

I am a total Beyonce girl, I m actually listening to Destiny s Child right now while I m writing to you! Beyonce would be my dream come true celebrity to be wearing my shoes. She does not just have pretty face and a great body. She is a business woman, a great performer and a style icon. I look up to women who are multitalented and who can handle all the aspects of making a business out of their talent.

LPA: What is your ultimate aim for Minna Parikka the brand? Could you see yourself expanding into womenswear or a wider range of accessories somewhere down the line?

MP: My first love in fashion is shoes. It is my passion to build the style from ground up. Clothing is not really my thing. I have always wanted to shoes because they are independent objects.

They do not need a female body to take their shape. When it comes to bunnies, they tend to multiply. We have an all-black style for guys exclusively available from our flagship store and online shop. Last year we launched Bunny Baby, a pre-walker shoe for babies. The feedback was so overwhelming that we have now expanded to kids shoes as well. (We would have girls literally going omg these shoes make me want to have a baby! that s the usual reaction to the baby shoes.) A range of mini me versions of our adult bunny shoes. We will be actually doing a kids pop-up at Harrods starting from 26th of March to launch the kids range with a BANG.

I would definitely recommend going down the Minna Parikka rabbit hole (pun intended, obviously) here2 I want the My Little Mary3 shoes so much it physically pains me!

Love Ella> X

References

  1. ^ Introducing post (www.ella-lapetiteanglaise.com)
  2. ^ here (www.minnaparikka.com)
  3. ^ My Little Mary (www.minnaparikka.com)
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